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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #30 on: 20 December 2020, 08:57:34 »
[point of view shift-Patrick]

Snark IV moonlet, Snark orbit, deep in the outies of the Kowloon system...

"...field strength is steady."  The apparatus was ****** huge, and probably cost as much as a Destroyer.  everyone has their own definition of 'huge', but a cyclotron built around the rotational equator of a moon-even one that is more of a moonlet than an actual moon, is still finagled huge.  The project was begun right after mom took over from Stonecipher in the fifties.

why, you ask??

My mother has this reputation in the Commonwealth, and with the Clans, and even with the Republic, of being about half mad and a warmonger, when they're not condemning her for heading a huge corporation that makes industrial tooling.

But she's got another side.  It's why she had to be hospitalized after we got word of Amanda's...well, after the incident.

"We've forgotten so much we don't even have words for what we've lost."

Mom put it on a bronze plaque when she decided to turn the original Ducal Palace into a university devoted to civilian affairs and science.

Nha Tranh University doesn't get a centime from the National Government.  She could easily get Commonwealth Funding...all she'd have to do, is turn it into another Military Academy.

I know she's gotten into shouting fights with Archon Adam Steiner about that, I saw it when I was a kid and the Jihad was burning the known galaxy.

"this is the place, Penny." we seal up our suits and get off the shuttle.  "Project Window.  My sister wanted to restart it...and now, thanks to you, we're going to do it."

"What is it for?" My girlfriend, genius lab-partner and occasional tormentor asks.

"It's a facility to create exotic matter states." I tell her, "your latest equations suggest either needing antimatter, or a quantum singularity, and they were doing both of those in the twentieth century at a place called 'CERN'...one of mom's history books, and one of her wacky ideas when she was doping out Crowbar and planning the annihilation of the Word of Blake...or earlier.  She stopped work when things got too crazy and resources had to be shifted to naval building.  Amanda suggested a couple times finishing the site and pursuing pure science work.  Dad insisted that nobody would respect a Kowloonese duchess who didn't have a uniform she could trot out, so Amanda went Coast Guard."

"She was...what, sixteen?"

"About that." I agree.  "My sister was doing differential calculus in her head by age eleven. she was a ****** prodigy...but you should've seen her attempts at assembling model kits-all thumbs.  even managed to screw up a one-ninetieth scale Slayer when she was twelve-she somehow managed to get the hull plates misaligned when she was gluing."

"What do we need?" she asks.

"See those crates over there? the cargo containers you can fit a shuttle in?  all of that stuff.  We'll have help because it's good practice for the trainee crewmen, and there are professional contractors  helping out, but we're going to have to finish building and tuning it before we can run the first experiments you outlined."

she let out an EEEEEEHHHH!!! and it sounded like feedback, and today my Trueborn girlfriend is being outright girly with glee.

Hey, you tell me now-a promise ring the size of a small planetlike body?  beats platinum diamonds every time with the right woman.


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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #31 on: 20 December 2020, 09:09:30 »
Patrick is becoming a romantic.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #32 on: 20 December 2020, 10:07:44 »
Hey, you tell me now-a promise ring the size of a small planetlike body?  beats platinum diamonds every time with the right woman.

Probably costs more than that per gram as well. :thumbsup:

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #33 on: 20 December 2020, 16:12:53 »
I guess ... the parental approval for this one will be ... to the moon8) Yes, I'm going to let myself out here...

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #34 on: 20 December 2020, 16:26:47 »
I'm not liking this....either Lyran LIC is sabotaging everything at order of Adam Steiner, or...Devlin up to no good.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #35 on: 20 December 2020, 19:11:22 »
Devlin,  Totally Terran work.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #36 on: 20 December 2020, 21:05:06 »
Yes, but this time their more effective. Their going for the knowledge vs infrastructure 
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #37 on: 20 December 2020, 21:47:31 »
[perspective shift...]

Stealth gear can be really good.  electronic warfare systems are advanced to the point that you can cloak a battlemech from electronic detection, or conceal a squad of battle armor so completely that it's literally invisible to sensors.

But there are limits.

No system in the universe can stop you from leaving footprints or tracks in soft ground, and even systems as advanced as the Chameleon Light Polarization shield can prevent you from casting a shadow.

Their orders were to enter the structure and emplace a five kiloton laser-triggered hydrogen fusion bomb derived from the Alamo class antiship missile.

their target, was a complex of underground tunnels and caves packed with archived records on Spider Moon, the third satellite orbiting the gas giant 'Boojum' in the Kowloon system.

The equipment, as opposed to the payload, was vacuum modified Purifier adaptive battle armor with the advanced Mimetic camouflage systems and supplementary ECM.

The Kowloon archive was a primary target, and this team was well trained, with thousands of hours of drills in vacuum combat with their suits, the best intelligence on where the access points to the target were, hundreds of hours of surveillance by long range telescope...

If they hadn't given themselves enough time to evacuate the target, they might have even succeeded.

Commodore Nicole Minh felt a chill, as the bomb disposal team carried the warhead out of the lower galleries.

"It had three redundant firing mechanisms, and used common mil-spec components, which is good for us."  Warrant officer Thomas Cao Kyi explained, "They also used pretty standard evacuation drills as part of their infiltration."

"How did we catch it?" Nicole asked.

"One of the workers on the new section left a few tools behind when the shift change happened, and went back in, spotted something that didn't belong, and called security."

Nicole sighed.  just dumb luck on our end...

She turned to the post commander, "Nghien, I want a full system alert sounded.  this is the second attack this year, They're targeting information and archives, they may be hitting intellectual targets next."

"Intellectual targets?"

"People." she said.  "They're going after information stores, it's a sure bet they'll be going after scientists, writers, and intellectuals.  Someone's trying to resurrect Holy Shroud and pointing it at us...I'm going to have to contact the Duchess about this."

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #38 on: 20 December 2020, 22:32:52 »
No matter how hard you stomp your boot. The Blakists keep turning up. Yeesh. Although they must be running off a looong term plan now since operation crowbar and other actions nixed the republic of the sphere being powerful enough to work for its real Intended purpose.

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« Reply #39 on: 20 December 2020, 22:43:55 »
We will see.  Republic in the old AU (Administrator AU), was actively working on sabotaging Kowloon and Quarantine Zone.  Namely the Fidelis.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #40 on: 20 December 2020, 22:50:05 »
[patrick's point of view...]

Coast Guard Laboratory, Snark VI...

Prefabricated segments being de-orbited to the moonlet made the over-all 'roughing in' phase easier, but now we're down to tuning, and that is turning out to be a real pain in the ass.

It doesn't help that someone broke the safety barrier and somehow got caught in the tube right before our first power-on testing.  Five kilometers of superconducting conduit ten meters in diameter have to be replaced, and we haven't figured out which crew these guys came from, or why there are...okay, you can stop laughing.

YES.  I know, they're not our people.

They also didn't survive the stage zero power-on test, and they really did break ten kilometers of accelerator-by being dragged through it, crushed by acceleration, and broken apart by magnetic flux.

"Some of these fragments might be from a laser initiator." the construction chief, Warrant 4 Kameron Jennings821 told us.

"A laser initiator-like the trigger on an alamo?" Penny clicked on it quick.

"Yeah."

"Well, we know they're not beltas at least." she says to him, and I give a questioning glance.

"Beltawallah wouldn't bother with a military warhead, there's rocks and we really can't stop those." she tells me, reminding me how Mom put down Geneva.

I don't want to say it, but I do.  "Dirtyfeet.  Foreigner Dirtyfeet, someone's intelligence op?"

"Seems likely." she says with a nod.  "Someone is targeting science programs, libraries..."

"I thought Comstar was out of the Commonwealth?" I'm confused, "And Word of Blake's extinct??"

My girlfriend shakes her head, "There are always people who will pick up for groups like that, where do you think they get their recruits?"

The Chief laughs on the common channel, and I can see his body language, he's exaggerating it.  "Earth, of course!"

Penny's sunshield's up, and I can see her grimace of distaste-she might be adapting to being Kowloonese at breakneck speed, but her ancestors and her 'birth family' in the Clan still hold Earth as something somewhat sacred.

You know, like a New Tel Aviv Yisroel might see ancient Jerusalem.

up the hill, they're still separating the damaged sections from the support towers.  They'll be shipped by Ferry to the Yards at Boojum, and recycled.

The replacement segments are already staged for delivery.

"We're going to have to tighten site security.  Those guys might've been here to destroy the project, but it killed 'em, and the next bunch might be a little smarter." I note.

"Ayeh." the Chief says.

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #41 on: 21 December 2020, 00:18:30 »
Helm time on a transit ferry.

what's a Transit Ferry you ask?

The path from Kowloon's zenith or nadir is similar to that of the Mizar system.  That is, it's a couple weeks at one gee.

In simple terms, if you don't want to spend a couple days at 2-3 gravities in a dropship, you link up at the Point stations, and catch a jump-ferry in-system.

A Jump-Ferry is basically a short-ranged (less than 5LY) jumpdrive covered in docking collars with a rudimentary engine for station-keeping, and a set of pre-loaded jump coordinates going from point A, to point B.  Ferry service is how you get around from the outer system to the inner system, and the ferry service is something we've only had for a few decades.  When Mom came home to toss the Regency out, she had to sit through a two week approach in a dropship.

Cadets working on a Guild Ticket as Starship officers have to put in hours with the Ferry Service, working with civilian contractors as part of the Midshipman Apprentice rating.

I'm working this week with the engineering team of Dao Nghien and Louis Harwell, on the ferry longboots, while my girlfriend is up in CIC studying with the navigation officer by rechecking the preloaded jump coordinates.

Typical Ferry work shift is 30 days, and between jumps you're doing the scutwork-basic maintenance, inspections, loading cargo and docking dropships.  Longboots makes a run from the Snark orbitals to the Nadir point, and then from there, to Kowloon.  The return leg is Kowloon to Boojum, then Zenith point, then Kowloon, then Snark.

Ferry services are scheduled, and there are better than a hundred of them active, each scheduling so arrival and departures don't overlap.

back to maintenance...

I'm running a basic MRI on the core.  Longboots was forged and assembled in '56 at the Sithers-Deen yard in the Boojum Belt, the germanium used was scavenged alloy from a Pirate Merchant that had a blowout near the point in '43, the original core had cracked from the coolant loss, so it was crushed and reprocessed after the bandits were taken out.

I'm seeing bad stress lines in the core.  "Hey, I think the core's compromised."

"Let me take a look?" the ChEng looked at my readouts, and started swearing in Rokkajakkah-Lang.

Longboots isn't going to the first destination, because her next destination is the breakers, and we're going to need to catch a ride on the next Ferry in-system.
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« Reply #42 on: 21 December 2020, 01:33:13 »
The nukes were a distraction. Their real goal was to screw with the public transport system. The fiends!! Next it will be the subways. All the air has been let out of the tyres on the public buses.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #43 on: 21 December 2020, 01:36:55 »
  Given all the recent evidence that someone’s out to get Kowloon/Patrick, I’m almost tempted to wonder if there’s some way to artificially induce stress-fractures in a jump-core, but this does sound like a drive that was ‘a little’ dodgy to start with simply being, well, flat-out worked to death.

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« Reply #44 on: 21 December 2020, 06:27:04 »
I guess I should write this down somewhere.  I'm kind of worried about it being found, I suppose.  Our family's not exactly known for being bulwarks of sanity.

I saw Amanda in the mirror last night, standing behind me when I was shaving.

She was in her skinsuit, with an overgarment that was half-charred, her helmet closed, but the sheilding layer was up, faceplate transparent...

It's not the first time.

She was only there for a second, when I turned around she was gone.

but I saw her again.

Penny doesn't know.  I'm kind of nervous about letting her in on the secret that I'm hallucinating my sister when I'm alone.  I can't afford to tell anyone, it's a short trip from that to a psych discharge.

******, oh well.  it's written down, and if someone sees this, well, I guess I'll be, as Mac puts it, 'Corncobbed' with a psych anyway.

We're heading for Kowloon proper right now, taking the slow way on a dropship to build up hours working the engineering department under thrust, well, I am, anyway.  Penny's in the transit quarters working out more details for the test series.

and my sister's popping up when I'm alone to remind me I've been slacking.

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« Reply #45 on: 21 December 2020, 06:42:54 »
Damn it, Amanda, that's not what the Palantír are for!
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« Reply #46 on: 21 December 2020, 07:12:06 »
April, 3086, Ia Drang cabin, Kowloon..

Late fall on the Plateau.  It was a short summer this year, coming off a hard winter, and I missed most of it.  At this elevation, there's already some snow on the ground, ice in shady areas, the leaves on the transplanted earthlife trees are turning yellow-brown.

"careful." I catch Penny when she slips on the driveway, despite being the person carrying both our bags. She squeals a little bit, looks up, and I give her the kiss she's expecting.

In the full suns of long-noon, her red hair is almost copper and white.  she grins up at me, and we resume walking up to the door.

The Ia Drang cabin was great-great-grandad's retreat from responsibility, and Mom and Dad still use it for that-only not so much.  High-volume fiberoptic lines connect it to the comm grid, there's a landing pad up here now instead of the grass airstrip, a paved road to the surface level of Ia Drang proper twenty five kilometers south of here, and a second service road going down to Highway 2, and from there, to Hue.

but it's not the same suburban crowding you get at Elizabeth House, or urban crowding at the Hue Falcon Enclave's command post.

"I like this place!" Penny tells me, "this place, it is beautiful!"

"My sis and I liked it here, we used to argue about which of us would get it when we hit age of majority." I tell her, "I think Mom's not going to just sign it off to her kids though."  Kid.  Amanda's gone.

"Well, it is nice to be invited."

we reach the front door, and I scramble for the key, but mom beats me to it by opening the door.

"Patrick!!" she glomphs me with a hug that's completely out of left field.  None of the normal, cold formality she used when we were growing up.

"Hi mom...this is Penny."

she lets me go, and plants a hand on each of Penny's shoulders.  "My goodness, Patrick, she's adorable!"

"Mom!"

"It is alright Patrick." Penelope tells me, and then gives a half-curtsey, "Your Grace, thank you for having me over."

"Come in! come in!!"  Mom herds us both inside, and Dad comes out of the office/study.

"Patrick."

"Sir." I straighten up.  My Dad is 'sir', he was 'daddy' for Amanda, but he's always been 'sir' for me.

"And...Penelope, um, Harris and Von Jankmon?"

"Harris and Pershaw, sir." she said, "But the lineage came from a mixed Von-Jankmon/Pershaw, second generation."

"I saw your file." He tells her, "I admit surprise that Khan Clees would let you go like she did, your physical scores were not that bad."

Penny shrugs a little, "I was told it was also my attitude, Sir."

"That fits better." He tells her.  "Welcome, then...Patrick, I need you in the Study.  Penelope, make yourself comfortable."

"Aye sir." she says. 

I follow my father into the office and he closes the door.

"She is cute." he tells me.  "A little on the small side, and weak...but cute."

"Weak? Penny works circles around me out at the Snark site, and she's smarter than-"

"Not what I mean." He tells me, "She is a good choice, good genes and heritage, good grades, high intelligence, and clearly she has her hooks in you."  He opens a cabinet and pulls out a bottle of amber whiskey and two glasses.  "Do you actually love her?"

"what kind of question is that?"

"it is an important question, Son." He fills both glasses.  "If you do not, you should break it off now, before one of you gets hurt.  Have a seat."

I take the glass and sit down in one of the chairs, and Dad sits on the wooden top of the desk, facing me.

"When you and Amanda were born, it was the most disturbing experience I ever had, and I was not even the one giving birth."  He tells me,   "If I did not love your mother, and I mean truly I would not have been able to stomach witnessing it.  Eventually, if you and Penelope stay together, you will have to experience the disturbing, frustrating, and at times terrifying experience of being a father, and she will have to experience the inconvenience, mood swings, physical discomfort, and mind-blowing pain of pregnancy and giving birth."

He looks over the rim of his glass, "Drink up."

I take my drink, and he continues.

"What they do not tell you, is that you will experience something similar, the emotional roller-coaster of being a parent is not a cliche or a fairy tale, Pat." He tells me, "I can not tell you how many times I almost quit and fled in shame over my own emotional reactions, especially when you and your sister were small, I may have volunteered for some duties simply to avoid that emotional strain, it almost cost me my marriage.  You need to be Committed son."

"You would not be giving me this speech if you thought I was, quiaff?" I ask him.

"Neg." he tells me, "You quit 'mechwarrior training when you were not failing, and opted to change MOS and service commitment from LCAF to Kowloon Coast Guard after your sister's...disappearance. her death Patrick."

It's like he tossed an ice block at my face, that word.

"Sir, this isn't-"

"Pat, it is." He tells me.  "She is not a replacement for Amanda, and you would be doing both of you a severe disservice to try and do that, so I want to know...are you committed to this? are you committed to your relationship with Miss Falcone in the front room, or are you using her as a patch over a wound on your soul?"

"I-"

"Do not answer it glibly, boy." he's stern, "I just want  you to spend some of this Leave time thinking about that question, and the answer.  Deep thinking about it."

"Yes Sir." I'm five again. ****** it.
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« Reply #47 on: 21 December 2020, 07:29:01 »
All the graceful tact associated with an Elf he has .. or what do they call the big grey animal with the long trunk?

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« Reply #48 on: 21 December 2020, 07:35:54 »
All the graceful tact associated with an Elf he has .. or what do they call the big grey animal with the long trunk?

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« Reply #49 on: 21 December 2020, 08:18:46 »
Wow, talk about being ambushed by his dad.  Lordy, they just started dating for what?  Like six months? 
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« Reply #50 on: 21 December 2020, 09:47:30 »
Paraphrasing, but... Those who start by burning books will end up burning people.

I could imagine there are several worlds in the inner sphere where (unauthorized, or large scale) biblioclasm is a serious offense.
On Kowloon, I could imagine the reasoning behind it is a bit different from the usual.
Remember what the Nazis did, and the Communist Chinese. Given the background of the 'loonies, poop plus hitting the fan is going to be a very mild description...

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #51 on: 21 December 2020, 09:58:23 »
Bear in mind who Nathan is and from where he comes.  "Parenting" is not a skill granted by any Clan lifepath available to Trueborns...
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #52 on: 21 December 2020, 10:12:24 »
[perspective shift, Boojum Naval Shipyard...]

Drydocks 12-24, Complex H

the new guys didn't move right.  Elaine Waffenberger-131  adjusted her body position as a group of five men moved along the mostly unused catwalk over slip 14, where the core of a Landmark was waiting for the first body-structures team to get to work. 

at the intersection between frame 52 and stringer 10 on the structure, one of the men climbed out onto the structure, and placed a package on the framework.

she didn't need to know what it was, only that they made some efforts to conceal it, and that was enough.

It was the fourth set of gantries they'd visited today.

wait for it...

The men reached the end of the structure, placed a second device, and then signaled a transport shuttle that had been waiting off the dock.

"Go." she ordered.

The maintenance crews had already recovered the other devices as the strangers departed, and this was the last set on this particular assembly complex.

The men boarded their S-7 shuttlebus, and it began thrusting for the H-complex core-foundry.

she held up her finger, gesturing to manipulate the virtual controls, she crooked it, and stabbed down.

a signal was sent, and mooring lines were shot out from the gantry, snagging the shuttle and reeling it in against its engine's thrust.

"that's right, boys, you're not going to fly away after trying to nuke my shipyard, ******."  she muttered.

she crooked her middle finger, activating another displayed virtual switch, and the stored energies in the core-precharge system shot into the shuttle. 

The overload, and resulting EMP, would kill any electronics, avionics, or engine management in the shuttlecraft.

There are people you mess with in this world, she mused.   

you do not mess with guild-certed, union-represented, Rockjack Shipwrights under contract to the Boojum Yard.

she kicked off and used the manuevering units in her workframe to approach the shuttle.

she glided along the side, to the front windscreen where the pilot (who wasn't wearing a suit) was frantically trying to bring power back online.

she reached out with an insulated crowbar, and tapped on the windscreen to get their attention.

the pilot looked up.

she raised her right hand, and made a gesture drawing her fingers down her face-the universal sign of 'put your helmet on'.

he didn't get it.

she hauled back with her left hand, workframe's thrusters maintaining present course and speed, she brought the crowbar down again, this time on the cover of the emergency release for the windscreen, the panel marked 'RESCUE' in bright orange and yellow.

then she reached out, to the uncovered manual release, and twisted it.

pins in the structure were tensioned, then released, mechanical primers fired, triggering the explosive bolts and releasing the windscreen outward and upward, past her feet.

a strangling dirtyfoot pilot thrashed as he was spaced by his own shuttle's emergency systems.

behind her, Joachim-651 already had a beachball ready for the guy, and had him bagged and balled in one swift motion.

Two of the other sabotuers tried to shoot their way out.  The problem with using Dirtyfoot guns in space, is that the lubricant in the frames boils off instantly under zero pressure, and null-gee has a habit of enforcing Newton's 1st law on anyone firing a gun.

the bullets passed out the opening or sparked off the workframe's chassis, but did no real damage before the guns jammed.

The security guys broke in through the shuttle's side doors and took all five of the sabotuers from the side, demonstrating that some people have better zero-gee combat training than others, two were bagged and balled because of suit breaches, and the other three were hauled out in various stages of 'dead by decompression'.

"but we've got two of them." she smiled grimly.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #53 on: 21 December 2020, 10:28:57 »
Oh gee, if this wasn't an action pulled by the RotS I'll eat me hat!  >:D

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #54 on: 21 December 2020, 11:03:37 »
Oh gee, if this wasn't an action pulled by the RotS I'll eat me hat!  >:D

"Should you or any of your Force be caught or killed, the Exarch will disavow any knowledge of your action.  This message will self-destruct in ten seconds."  ;)

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #55 on: 21 December 2020, 11:41:00 »
If there is time, toss them inside a satellite that has an individual life support system.  Let's see how cooperative they are after spending 4-5 months all alone with nothing but space to look at.

5-ton Life support system, 2 tons of cargo capacity, giant solar array so no fusion plant needed, no radio, maybe a spotlight so they can be retrieved later, and an instruction book so they can keep their gear maintained.  Put it in a deep orbit so it is cold all the time and there is nothing to look at, so when they are picked up they never want to go into space ever again.

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #56 on: 21 December 2020, 11:50:04 »
Ducks?

You mixing up up bills with trunks  ;D

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #57 on: 21 December 2020, 12:04:02 »
Bear in mind who Nathan is and from where he comes.  "Parenting" is not a skill granted by any Clan lifepath available to Trueborns...

and thus why he decoded it into standard basic English for Pat, if this is real,
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #58 on: 21 December 2020, 12:04:57 »
All the graceful tact associated with an Elf he has .. or what do they call the big grey animal with the long trunk?

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #59 on: 21 December 2020, 14:12:23 »
"OCB OPEN UP!" [explosive decompression]